"By the end of next year, Google intends to open an engineering center in the Valley that will employ 600. The company has said it wants to be in a place with a strong quality of life for its employees, with access to public transportation and amenities."
"Downtown Phoenix offers perfect geography, housing and the public transit amenities that Google wants, said John Chan, deputy director of the downtown development office."
"Downtown is the Valley’s financial center and it also has a growing cluster of biotechnology companies. That may interest Google, since the company is said to be intrigued by bioinformatics, the use of computers to characterize the molecular components of living things."
“Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.”BIOINFORMATICS IN THE 21st CENTURY
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